Alternate Title: 2010 National Guard Posture Statement
"2008 was a year filled with positive change for the National Guard. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2008... designated the National Guard Bureau (NGB) as a joint activity of the Department of Defense (DoD). The law also elevated the grade of the Chief, National Guard Bureau to the rank of General. With this new stature and an explicit linkage to the Secretary of Defense, through the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS), NGB is better positioned to represent National Guard issues and concerns at the highest levels in the DoD. The Report of the Commission on the National Guard and Reserves and NDAA 2008 both identified the need for a new NGB charter. After almost a year of close collaboration among NGB, the Combatant Commanders, the CJCS, the Armed Services, and the DoD staff, Secretary Robert M. Gates signed DoD Directive 5105.77, National Guard Bureau. This... directive formally lays out the full scope of NGB's functions, roles, and authorities - embedding NGB in DoD's strategic processes. It is sound DoD policy. The depth provided by the National Guard is no longer the 'once in a lifetime' use of a strategic reserve as envisioned during the Cold War. The National Guard has become an operational force that is an integral part of the Army and Air Force; it is populated by seasoned veterans with multiple deployments in support of operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Balkans, and many other locations around the world. In addition to the thousands of National Guard Soldiers and Airmen currently activated for ongoing federal missions, the National Guard provides significant response to unexpected contingencies."
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